“We’ve completed another quarter, reaching another milestone for the students of Georgia,” said Georgia Lottery President and CEO Debbie D. Alford. “We are committed to building on our track record, and we will continue to put all of our efforts into maximizing revenues for HOPE and Pre-K.”
The Nevada Gaming Control Board and the Delaware State Lottery are the first U.S. regulatory agencies to pioneer the integration of player pools across multiple domestic regulated markets. GLI was tasked with ensuring regulatory compliance and financial auditing and worked very collaboratively with the regulators and operators on various objectives throughout the planning and deployment phases of this initiative. As part of its process, GLI assembled a team of industry experts to tackle objectives covering analysis of regulatory overlap, component certification, report auditing, data migration and security evaluation.  “The shared liquidly project carries significant importance as it is a critical step in the further development of a strong poker ecosystem within the United States, and we are honored to have been chosen to conduct the testing,” said GLI Vice President of Global Services Ian Hughes.
"The Minnesota State Lottery has built its success based upon strong retailer relationships and understanding its players' preferences," said  IGT CEO of North America Lottery Michael Chambrello. "We will continue to work in partnership with this forward-thinking lottery to offer the most appropriate technology solutions and a diversified product mix tailored to meet the ever-changing needs of the Lottery's retail landscape, and adapt as its business evolves over the next seven-and-a-half years. As well, we will remain focused on maximizing profitability for the Lottery by continually searching for ways to grow sales while operating effectively and efficiently."   "IGT is the right partner for building on the Lottery's 25 years of success and maximizing the Lottery's contribution to the State of Minnesota", said Minnesota State Lottery Executive Director, Ed Van Petten.
Anne M. Noble, the president and chief executive officer of the Connecticut Lottery Corporation, testified that customers would receive a pay slip in the same fashion as a regular lottery ticket. She said that keno has been mischaracterized many times – adding that it does not involve a slot machine, a jackpot game or a touch-screen. The drawings occur every four minutes, and the player goes back to the retailer with the winning ticket in the same manner that they return upon winning a lottery game. “Keno, as the lottery will offer it, is not an electronic game,’’ Noble told lawmakers. “It is a lottery-draw game, and it is played out of our terminal. You get a play slip, just likePowerball or MegaMillions. The winning numbers are picked by a random-number generator.’’
"Buddy loved what he did and he was the Lottery's foremost champion. He was a consummate professional, dedicated to making DC's the best Lottery in the country and worked hard everyday to achieve that goal said District of Columbia Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey DeWitt. "I had the honor of working closely with him over the past year. Buddy was a wonderful colleague and to many of us here, a great friend. We will miss his warmth, enthusiasm, energy and humor. We will keep his family and all of those who loved him in our hearts and prayers.
Click here to read the Memorial Book  - the thoughts , remembrances, and prayers of some of the countless friends who will so miss our beloved Buddy Roogow.
“Svenska Spel’s preventive work on gambling problems requires more evidence-based knowledge in order to develop methods to prevent gambling-related problems. So I am very pleased that Svenska Spel is able to help finance this position. Ultimately, I hope that this research will have a real impact on Svenska Spel’s preventive work and that through this we will be able to make a further contribution to the healthier development of the gaming market in Sweden,” says Lennart Käll, CEO of Svenska Spel.
Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said the lottery raised less money for college scholarships last month compared with a year ago because "we sold less tickets, especially in the draw-game category."   "Last March we had a $400 million-dollar Mega Millions jackpot and we also had the Natural State Jackpot run, which started the month at $220,000 and ended at $340,000, which equated to record sales for that game," Woosley said Monday.
In exchange for the significant benefits they receive in this compact, the tribes have agreed to increase the revenue sharing amounts they pay to the State.
Sally Cowdry, Camelot’s Marketing & Consumer Director, explained: “We already operate four of the biggest brands in the UK. But, like any major brand, we need to evolve and innovate to ensure we stay relevant and engaging in an increasingly complex and competitive marketplace.    “While most people know that Lotto is part of The National Lottery – largely because it is the flagship game, launched in 1994 – many aren’t aware that EuroMillions and Instants are also National Lottery games and play a big role in raising massive sums of money for National Lottery-funded projects.
More than 200 operators are interested in a remote gambling license once new legislation comes into force.  But if operators currently act illegally, they run the risk that a request for a license under the new Remote Gambling Act will be denied.
Wanda Young Wilson recognized by the Public Gaming Research Institute for outstanding leadership, accomplishments. “Without a doubt, Wanda is one of the finest lottery executives in the country, a wise and experienced voice whose many contributions to our organization have been invaluable to the record-breaking success of the Tennessee Lottery,” said Lottery President and CEO, Rebecca Hargrove. “We are fortunate to have her here and, speaking for everyone affiliated with the Tennessee Lottery, we offer our heartfelt congratulations for this extraordinary and well-deserved industry recognition.”
“Regulated gaming clients across both the government and private sectors are seeking reliable, secure and innovative ways to increase revenue and drive profitability, and IGT is the trusted go-to partner in this space,” said Marco Sala, CEO of IGT. “We will provide top-performing content across multiple platforms enabling players to experience their favorite games across all regulated segments and channels, all with our unwavering Customer First approach.  With a truly global reach, we will share expertise and experience both geographically and across market segments. The combination of GTECH and IGT is a winning combination.”

We are pleased to welcome IGT to the NYSE,” said Thomas W. Farley, NYSE Group President. “IGT is a premier global gaming operator shaping the future of entertainment and gaming, and an excellent addition to the NYSE’s community of the world’s leading companies.”



Amaya Inc. is divesting more of its non-core assets as it focuses on building its online games business.  NYX Gaming Group Ltd.is buying two assets for $150 million.  The transaction follows Amaya’s decision last month to sell its Cadillac Jack casino games business for $476-million and to spin off its Diamond Game unit.  Last June, Amaya acquired the operator of popular brands PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker for $4.9-billion (U.S.).
Disney is deepening its relationship with hard-core sports fans by investing $250 million in the fantasy, play-for-real-money sports business DraftKings. This is an interesting business for Disney to invest in, considering its child-friendly brand and reputation. But both DraftKings and larger rival FanDuel (owned by  Comcast) steadfastly maintain that these are games of skill and not gambling, and are legal for online play. Specifically, they note the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act carves out space for fantasy sports.
Major League Baseball announced last week an extension and enhancement of its previously under-the-radar partnership with DraftKings, a leading daily fantasy sports website.  Baseball is smart to leap into the daily fantasy sports business, a booming industry that will provide the league new revenue and, more importantly, boost engagement with fans, particularly those in the coveted 18-to-35 male demographic. Daily fantasy sports companies make a profit -- a large profit -- by taking a cut of prize pools created by users who enter contests for cash. Major League Baseball is now in the business of supporting and profiting from the public risking money on the performance of its players.  What ethical difference, then, does Commissioner Rob Manfred see between daily fantasy and regular sports betting?  Manfred has declined to take the public stance of NBA counterpart Adam Silver, who argued for the federal legalization of sports betting in a New York Times op-ed last November.
"Full credit to Vermont Lottery for making the $5 Frogger game so incredibly successful," said Sina Aiello, Vice President Marketing at Pollard Banknote. "Konami's Frogger brand has proven time and again in jurisdictions all over North America it can generate real excitement among players. The success is reflected at retail and in the participation rates we are seeing in the interactive game and second chance draws." "Frogger is great for existing instant players and attracting newer players, especially those who like to play games online," said Greg Smith, executive director of the Vermont Lottery. "Our work with Pollard Banknote has helped make Frogger one of the biggest contributors to our instant game success. And that has helped us boost overall revenue for the benefit of the entire state of Vermont."
PGRI Note: Comprehensive and interesting synopsis of Amaya’s history and assessment of where it goes from here.
RAWA would violate states’ rights, which is a big reason why it will have trouble passing. While Republicans have traditionally been on the wrong side of the internet gambling battle (read: anti-online gambling), many are staunch states’ rights supporters and would be reluctant to back a bill that would run contrary to their values. Delaware players can now sit at the same tables as Nevada players, thanks to the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement between the two states.
What a day Tuesday for International Game Technology.  It began with the official completion of the $6.4 billion merger/acquisition by Italy-based GTECH, first announced last summer and which retains the iconic IGT name dating to the 1970s in Reno. Then Marco Sala, CEO of the company now headquartered in London, rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on IGT's first day on the markets as a combined entity.  By the close of trading, IGT shares rose 13.5 percent from Thursday, or $2.40, to $20.08.
Casinos Austria and Austrian Lotteries sales increase 3.34% year-on-year.
Last year there was $423 billion in total gaming win (gaming revenue) across the globe.  Lotteries accounted for 29 percent at $121 billion, with what the report terms “other gambling” such as sports betting and parimutuel racing as the next biggest chunk at $118 billion or 28 percent and online gambling at $37 billion or 9 percent. Of the $146 billion from land-based casinos, US commercial and tribal operations took in $67 billion (46 percent), Asia and Australia casinos $61 billion or 42 percent. The rest of the world’s brick-and-mortars had $18 billion or 12 percent.



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SMART-TECH 2015 Video presentations

SMART-TECH 2015 Kevin Gass Vice President, Lottery Gaming BCLC, British Columbia

SMART-TECH 2015- Gardner Gurney, Acting Director, Division of the Lottery at New York State Gaming Commission - Keynote

SMART-TECH 2015 - Terry Rich CEO Iowa Lottery -Keynote

SMART-TECH 2015 - Michael Chambrello Chief Executive Officer of North America IGT

SMART-TECH 2015 Jim Kennedy, Executive Vice President, Group Chief Executive, Scientific Games

SMART-TECH 2015 Panel Discussion: Consideration, Chance, Prize: Is this foundational definition of gambling being circumvented by game developers and online operators? Moderator: James Maida, Co-Founder & President, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI)

SMART-TECH 2015 Panel Discussion: Nationalizing Brand Messaging and Public Relations; Terry Rich Moderator CEO Iowa Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015- Panel Discussion: Reinvigorating the Draw-Games Category -Moderator: Rebecca Hargrove, Chief Executive Officer, Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation and Senior Vice President of the World Lottery Association (WLA)

SMART-TECH 2015 - Panel Discussion: Retail Modernization Drives Lottery Modernization -Moderator: May Scheve Reardon, Executive Director, Missouri Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015 Phil Holmes, Vice President, Strategy & Planning, Atlantic Lottery Corporation

SMART-TECH 2015 Panel Discussion: The New Science of Customer-Centric R & D What are the most forward-looking trends in the science of understanding -Moderator: Paula Otto, Executive Director, Virginia Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015 - Interactive Goes Mainstream Panel Discussion - Moderator: Scott Bowen, Commissioner, Michigan Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015 Panel Discussion: Managing Uncertainty as the Key to Successful Innovation - Moderator: Gary Grief, Executive Director, Texas Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015 Richard Bateson, Commercial Director/Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing, Camelot Global

SMART-TECH 2015 Max Goldstein Director Sales Marketing CARMANAH Signs

SMART-TECH 2015 Leigh-Ann Goad Research & Consumer Strategist Virginia Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015 Matteo Monteverdi Senior Vice President iGaming and Senior Vice President Americas Interactive, IGT

SMART-TECH 2015 Adam Perlow, CEO, Hudson Alley Software

SMART-TECH 2015 Fivi Rondiri Corporate Marketing Coordinator Intralot

SMART-TECH 2015 Brian Roberts President North America and Levi Putna Project Development Coordinator Jumbo Interactive

SMART-TECH 2015 James Bader Partner The Parthenon Group (LINQ3 Presentation)

SMART-TECH 2015 Christine Thoma, Business Development Manager, Lottovate

SMART-TECH 2015 Julin Shaw Marketing Manager, POLLARD Bank Note

SMART-TECH 2015 Gordon Medenica Former Director of the New York Lottery & Former President of NASPL

SMART-TECH 2015 Sara Navidazar Director of Marketing Diamond Game

SMART-TECH 2015 Susan Golightly Founder CODEI

Beyond the Bricks - Scott Bowen Commissioner, Michigan Lottery Danny Bogus Deputy Commissioner of Gaming Operations at Michigan Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015 Brad Cummings President & CEO EquiLottery, LLC

SMART-TECH 2015 Rick Perrone Chief Executive Officer GAMEOLOGY

SMART-TECH 2015 - Tony Fontaine Vice President, Business Development, Interactive Gaming and Lottery Solutions InComm

SMART-TECH 2015 Brendan McCarthy Novomatic Lottery Solutions

SMART-TECH 2015 Matt Isaacs Director, Retail Development POLLARD BANK NOTE

SMART-TECH 2015 Frank Rash Chief Operating Officer SHOUTZ

SMART-TECH 2015 Paul Jason CEO PGRI Conference Introduction

SMART-TECH AWARD Presentations

Wanda Young Wilson, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of the Tennessee Lottery Corporation Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony

Peg Rose Deputy Director Rhode Island Lottery -Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony

Marty Gibbs Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Kentucky Lottery Corporation Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony

Sharon Sharp Award for Good Causes Hoosier Lottery, Indiana - Sarah Taylor, Executive Director

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